Frequently Asked Questions

 

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What is the deadline for entering the Houston’s Best awards?

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Early bird deadline is March 24th - Final deadline, April 19th - No extension will be made to this deadline

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Can I enter online?

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Yes, all entries are made online.  This is a very easy process!  Log on to http://www.GHBAPRISMAWARDS.com. Your default username is your e-mail address, and your password is your last name.  Make sure to change your password and write it down so you remember it. Please pay special attention to the Promotion awards, Marketing Professional and Community of the Year awards as these may require black matte boards to be delivered to the GHBA in addition to your online entries.

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How many categories can I enter?

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You can enter as many categories as you like!  Just make sure that you are eligible to enter the category you choose. Also, check out the Grand Awards. There are a minimum number of entries required to be considered.

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Can I enter multiple projects for the same category?

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Yes, often times companies have multiple projects that are entered for the same category. Double check the explanation under each award for any possible restrictions.

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What is the difference between a volume and custom builder?

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A volume builder builds more than 50 homes in the Houston area in a year.  A custom builder builds less than 50 homes in the Houston area in a year.

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How do I enter for the Grand Awards?

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There are a minimum number of entries required under “Product” and “Promotion” categories to be eligible for a Grand Award. These are listed below. One winner will be chosen for each of the following--volume builder, custom builder, developer, remodeler, and promotion.  Any company can enter the Grand Award for best promotion, provided they follow the entry guidelines.

Custom Builder Grand Award - must enter a minimum of seven (7) of the PRODUCT categories
Volume Builder Grand Award - must enter a minimum of seven (7) of the PRODUCT categories
Developer Grand Award - must enter a minimum of four (4) of the PRODUCT categories
Remodeler Grand Award - must enter a minimum of four (4) of the PRODUCT categories
Promotion Grand Award - must enter a minimum of four (4) of the PROMOTION categories

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When & how do I pay for my entries?

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You can pay for your entries online by credit card when you submit them, or you can bring a check to the GHBA office located at 9511 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX 77064.  Please note, all entries MUST be paid for at time of submittal to be valid.  If paying by company check, please submit your check PRIOR to submitting your entries.

 

 

 

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When & where is the Houston’s Best PRISM awards event/show?

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The Houston’s Best Prism Awards will be held on October 7th, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston. Many of the sponsorships include tickets to the show, so be sure to check them out at www.ghbaprismawards.com. 

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Will there be on site judging again this year?

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Yes!  Onsite judging of homes is the best way to determine which home should win in a particular category.  This is not required for the Custom, Remodeler, or Associate categories where the home may not be available for viewing.

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When will the on site judging take place?

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Onsite judging will take place between June 21st and 22nd.  The person who enters will be contacted several days in advance in order to let your onsite staff know what day the judges will be there.  Due to the volume of homes and their locations throughout the city, a specific day and time when the judges will arrive cannot be given.

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How will I know when the judges will be there?

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The judges' driver will enter the home first to announce their arrival.  The judges may ask the onsite staff questions that the staff is welcome to answer, but a formal presentation of the product is not allowed.  Please make sure onsite staff can answer the phone in case the driver needs to verify directions to the home.

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Are the "people" categories face to face interviews again this year?

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Yes, all entrants will be interviewed, and the entrants will be notified several days in advance of the interview date so they can adjust their schedule as needed.

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Once I order my tickets on-line for Houston’s Best PRISM, how do I get them?

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All tickets for Houston’s Best PRISM Awards Gala will be available for pick-up at the GHBA offices approximately 7 days prior to the event.

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How do I qualify for the Grand Awards?

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To qualify for a grand award, you must meet the minimum number of entry requirements within the designated category list and you must WIN at least one (1) of the submissions within that category list. 

  • For Volume Builders, you must enter a minimum of seven (7) of the product categories and must win at least one (1) of these categories to qualify. 
  • For Custom Builders, you must enter a minimum of seven (7) of the product categories and must win at least one (1) of these categories to qualify. 
  • For Remodelers, you must enter a minimum of four (4) product categories must win at least one (1) of these categories to qualify. 
  • For Developers, you must enter a minimum of four (4) product categories and must win at least one (1) of these categories to qualify. 
  • For the Promotion grand award, you must enter a minimum of four (4) product categories and must win at least one (1) of these categories to qualify. Any company can enter the Grand Award for best promotion, provided they follow the entry guidelines. 

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How are the Grand Awards calculated?

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The Grand Awards are scored on a point scale with points being awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place only. From those points, only the top seven (7) scores for Volume Builder and Custom Builder categories and the top four (4) scores for Remodeler, Developer and Promotion categories will be used to calculate the Grand Award Winners. The number of top entries coincides with the minimum entry requirements for that award. The new scoring adjustment allows for a more even playing field where only the best entries are judged. 

  • 10 points are awarded for 1st place 
  • 5 points are awarded for 2nd place 
  • 1 point is awarded for 3rd place 
  • Only 1st – 3rd place will be awarded points

Note: The winner of any category with only one entry will receive 5 points vs. 10 points with regard to scoring for the Grand Award, provided that single-entry is included in the number of top entries required (7 or 4, as stated above) to meet the minimum for that award.

Example Grand Award Calculation for Volume Builder:

Builder X: 
Volume Builder X enters twenty (20) product categories. Of the twenty (20) categories entered Builder X places either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in ten (10) of those twenty (20) categories. Only the top seven (7) of the ten (10) scores are added for the grand award total score. The points from the top seven (7) categories (d - j) will be calculated.

Example of Builder X’s score: 

  • Category a = 3rd place – 1 pt.
  • Category b = 2nd place – 5 pt.
  • Category c = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category d = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category e = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category f = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category g = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category h = 1st place – 10 pts.
  • Category i = 1st place – 10 pts.
  • Category j = 1st place – 10 pts.

So Builder X’s total score is 50 points.

Builder Y: 
Volume Builder Y enters seven (7) product categories. Of the seven (7) categories entered Builder Y places either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in seven (7) of those seven (7) categories. Only the top seven (7) scores are added for the grand award total score. The points from the top seven (7) categories (a-g) will be calculated.

Example of Builder Y’s score: 

  • Category a = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category b = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category c = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category d = 1st place – 10 pts.
  • Category e = 1st place – 10 pts.
  • Category f = 1st place – 10 pts.
  • Category g = 1st place – 10 pts.

So Builder Y’s total score is 55 points.

If these were the only two entrants for the Volume Builder Grand Award, then Builder Y would be the winner with 55 points versus Builder X’s 50 points.

Example Grand Award Calculation for Remodeler:

Remodeler X: 
Remodeler X enters ten (10) product categories. Of the ten (10) categories entered, Remodeler X places either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in six (6) of those ten (10) categories. The top four (4) of the six (6) scores are added for the total score. The points from the top four (4) categories (c-f) will be calculated. So Remodeler X’s score is 35 points.

Example of Remodeler X score 

  • Category a = 3rd place – 1 pt.
  • Category b = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category c = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category d = 1st place – 10 pts.
  • Category e = 1st place – 10 pts.
  • Category f = 1st place – 10 pts.

So Remodeler X’s score is 35 points.

Remodeler Y: 
Remodeler Y enters seven (7) product categories. Of the seven (7) categories entered, Remodeler Y places either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in five (5) of those seven (7) categories. The top four (4) of the five (5) scores are added for the total score. The points from the top four (4) categories (b-e) will be calculated. 

Example of Remodeler X score 

  • Category a = 3rd place – 1 pt.
  • Category b = 3rd place – 1 pt.
  • Category c = 2nd place – 5 pts.
  • Category d = 1st place – 10 pts.
  • Category e = 1st place – 10 pts.

So Remodeler Y’s score is 26 points.

If these were the only two entrants for the Remodeler Grand Award, then Builder X would be the winner with 35 points versus Builder Y’s 26 points.